For Plural Parts Or Plural Areas Of Single Part Patents (Class 156/539)
  • Patent number: 10173373
    Abstract: A system for manufacturing a balloon envelope includes a table component and a sealing component. The sealing component includes a first level and a second lower level. The first level further includes first and second platforms. The first platform can provide a work area for sealing respective first and second sheets of material together to form a sealed edge and the second platform may provide a work area for sealing the second sheet of material and a third sheet of material together. The first, second, and third sheets of material respectively form first, second, and third gores of the balloon envelope. The sealing component may be configured to move along length of the first platform and to apply a heat seal to bond the first sheet of material to the second sheet material and form a sealed edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: LOON LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Henry Fourie, Matthew Knoll
  • Patent number: 10086561
    Abstract: An assembly for manufacturing a balloon envelope includes a table component and a sealing component. The table component may include a first platform, a second platform, a third platform, and a lateral opening between the first and second platforms. The first and second platforms can receive a first sheet of material that forms a first gore of the balloon envelope and a second sheet of material that forms a second gore of the balloon envelope. At least a portion of the first platform may move relative to the third platform so as to allow for the tendon and the portion of the second sheet attached to the tendon to move toward the third platform. The sealing component may be configured to bond the first sheet to the second sheet in order to join the first and the second gores of the balloon envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Henry Fourie
  • Patent number: 10001498
    Abstract: A sample sorting apparatus used in a sample processing system comprises a sample supplying apparatus, a sample processing apparatus, and a transporting apparatus connected to the sample processing apparatus. The sample sorting apparatus comprises a first entrance for receiving a sample rack from the sample supplying apparatus, a container conveyor configured to take out a sample container from the sample rack received through the first entrance and configured to set the taken out sample container on a sample rack, a first exit for sending the sample rack on which the sample container is set to the transporting apparatus, a second entrance for receiving the sample rack from the transporting apparatus, a second exit for sending the sample rack received through the second entrance to the sample supplying apparatus, and a transporter configured to transport the sample rack from the second entrance to the second exit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: SYSMEX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kei Takai, Nobuyoshi Yamakawa, Koichi Okubo
  • Patent number: 9597842
    Abstract: A fiber placement system for manufacturing composite components includes at least one material storage enclosure including a material spool assembly, a swiveling roller assembly, and a redirect roller assembly, for each tow to be produced per course, at least one material feeding/cutting station configured with a nip roller drive system, and a cutting mechanism, at least one material transfer station configured with an individual, moveable guide tray for each tow to be produced per course, the moveable guide trays respectively being configured with a vacuum system, and at least one layup station comprising a vacuum table/layup surface, and a pick-and-place device equipped with an end-effector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Dieffenbacher GmbH Maschinen- und Anlangenbau
    Inventors: Robert E. Borgmann, Wendell Beachy, Don O. Evans, Christina M. McClard
  • Patent number: 9371123
    Abstract: An assembly for use during manufacture of a balloon envelope that includes a table having first and second levels, an indicator disposed on the first level and a sealing component. The first level is arranged to receive a first sheet portion of material. The indicator is arranged along a lengthwise axis of the table to indicate a position for attaching a tendon to the first sheet portion. The second level is arranged to receive assembled gore portions of the envelope comprising the first sheet portion, the tendon and a second sheet portion material. The sealing component is configured to move along the table and to apply a heat seal to bond together the first and second sheet portions disposed thereon in order to form at least part of a gore portion of the envelope, such that the tendon is arranged proximate to a centerline of the gore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Roach, Jeffrey Neri, Daniel Henry Fourie
  • Patent number: 9121797
    Abstract: An apparatus for automatic execution of different treatment operations in connection with staining of tissue specimens on microscope slides, wherein the apparatus (1) comprises an assembly of vessels (4) for receiving different liquids for staining of the tissue specimens, a loading station (2) for microscope slides (28), a conveyor (5) for transfer of carriers with microscope slides from vessel to vessel in accordance with a treatment program, an unloading station (8) for treated microscope slides, and a control unit (18) for controlling the treatment operations in accordance with a data program. The apparatus comprises different levels (I, II) having units for execution of the relevant treatment operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Dako Instrumec AS
    Inventors: Oystein Ljungmann, Torstein Ljungmann
  • Publication number: 20150107767
    Abstract: An overlay applicator can include an overlay with a top side and a bottom side. The bottom side can include an adhesive agent configured to adhere to a screen of an electronic device. The overlay applicator can include an adhesive release liner. The adhesive release liner can include a top side and a bottom side. The top side of the adhesive release liner can be removably attached to the bottom side of the overlay. The adhesive release liner can be configured to protect the adhesive agent at the bottom side of the overlay from contaminants. The overlay applicator can include a protective film removably attached to the top side of the overlay. The overlay applicator can include an alignment tab. The alignment tab can include an alignment mechanism. The overlay applicator further can include a pull tab. The pull can include a wiper. Other embodiments are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: BELKIN INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: John F. Wadsworth, William P. Conley, Vijendra Nalwad, Justin Jakobson, Steven Lane, Eric Beaupre, David A. Kleeman
  • Patent number: 9004134
    Abstract: A container labelling method consisting of predisposing means for supporting at least one container in an erect position; from below, mounting onto the body of said at least one container a heat-shrinkable label in the form of an annular band; and causing the label to adhere to said container. The method is implemented by a plant comprising a device for supporting and transporting at least one container which acts from above on the container suspended in an erect position; means for mounting a heat-shrinkable annular band onto the container from below; and means for causing said label to adhere to said container by heat-shrinkage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Sacmi Imola S.C.
    Inventor: Gianni Minganti
  • Patent number: 8999100
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for applying a label to an article travelling along an article path, said label being received on a movable surface at an input location to be retained against said surface whilst being glued and advanced to an output location, at which the label is transferred to the article; the article being rotated with a tangential speed about an axis whilst travelling at a speed along the path including providing at least three portions of surface with independent and controllable vacuum means for retaining the label, including curtailing the application of vacuum means at the first portion of the surface upon the first portion reaching the output location and interrupting the application of vacuum means at the third portion of the surface, with the trailing edge of the label being retained at the second portion of the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: SIDEL S.p.A. con Socio Unico
    Inventor: James Carmichael
  • Patent number: 8992716
    Abstract: In one aspect, a vacuum drum assembly for use with a labeling apparatus includes apertures for supporting labels on an outer surface using vacuum pressure. The vacuum drum assembly may include air distributors for providing vacuum pressure to selected apertures to accommodate various lengths or widths of labels. The vacuum drum assembly may also be adjustable to vary the spacing between apertures to accommodate various lengths of labels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Nordson Corporation
    Inventors: Eric Lingier, Reinhard Rettig
  • Patent number: 8991461
    Abstract: A film lamination apparatus for laminating a film on a flat display panel including a display unit on one surface of a substrate, the film lamination apparatus including: a work table configured to support the flat display panel such that the display unit is below the substrate; and a transfer robot configured to support the flat display panel such that the display unit faces upward and then transfer the flat display panel to the work table while the flat display panel is turned over such that the display unit faces downward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hak-Min Kim
  • Patent number: 8986476
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for fulfillment of patient prescription orders by adapting a standard or stock container pre-filled with medication or the like for use as a patient-specific container through precise application of patient-specific information to the pre-filled container. Precise placement of the patient-specific information to the pre-filled container enables pharmacy management to fully utilize valuable information provided with the pre-filled container, thereby improving the quality of service to the patient while making the process of prescription order fulfillment more efficient. In general, preferred embodiments comprise control apparatus and information-application apparatus. In embodiments, the information-application apparatus is adapted to place a patient-specific label on the container. Preferred forms of the information-application apparatus include a label printer and a positioner. The preferred printer applies patient-specific information on a label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: AutoMed Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob A. Dent, Brian Gorman, Mark Bidus
  • Publication number: 20150041043
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for labeling packages in a thermo-forming packaging machine with a first depositor device and a second depositor device, where a dispensing unit simultaneously transfers the labels from a label roll onto the first and second depositor devices. The invention also relates to a method for labeling packages in a thermo-forming packaging machine.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: Georg Austermeier, Karsten Strothmann
  • Patent number: 8950457
    Abstract: A slip-on corner protector for rectangular picture frames includes a flat cardboard pre-form which is bent into the shape of a hollow triangular cross-section prism having right triangularly-shaped front and rear frame face cover panels joined at vertical and horizontal sides thereof by a vertical and horizontal rectangularly-shaped frame edge cover panel, respectively. Triangularly-shaped spring flaps bent inwardly from hypotenuse edges of the front and rear triangular panels are pressed against and thus grip a frame inserted between the front and rear triangular panels because of the elasticity of the cardboard pre-form. A machine and method for manufacturing corner protectors from a stack of pred-forms bends panels perpendicularly upwards from a pre-form by linear actuators, spays a hot melt adhesive blob onto an upright panel, and presses it against another upright panel to form an adhesive bond.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Joseph S. Parcels
  • Publication number: 20150033638
    Abstract: Gutter guard apparatuses and methods of making the same are provided. A gutter guard apparatus for preventing debris from entering rainwater collection gutters on a structure. A gutter guard apparatus can comprise a guard panel and mesh layer that cooperate to prevent debris from entering a rainwater collection gutter. The mesh layer can be secured to the guard panel at substantially all points of contact between the mesh layer and guard panel to thereby provide a secure and durable gutter guard apparatus. Methods and devices for forming a gutter guard can comprise bonding the mesh layer to a guard panel using a radiant heater, heated roller, adhesive applicator, ultrasonic welder and/or combinations thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: L.B. PLASTICS, INC.
    Inventor: Harry H. Davis
  • Publication number: 20150027616
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device for holding a plurality of semiconductor devices during thermocompression bonding, comprising: a body; a plurality of support surfaces at a first side of the body, each support surface being configured for holding at least one semiconductor device during thermocompression bonding; and a plurality of internal conduits within the body, each internal conduit extending from an opening of a respective one of the support surfaces at the first side of the body to an opening at a second side of the body. In particular, the openings at the second side of the body are configured to be connected to separate pneumatic paths to be in fluid communication therewith, each pneumatic path having an independently controlled pneumatic suction force so that the openings of the support surfaces at the first side of the body are operative to selectively hold the one or more semiconductor devices against the support surfaces at the first side of the body or to release the same therefrom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Man Chung CHAN, Chun Ho FAN
  • Publication number: 20150027632
    Abstract: This sheet-laminating device is provided with first and second clamping devices, a first conveyance handler capable of holding a sheet with at least a portion of a periphery thereof protruding, and a control unit. The control unit causes: the first clamping device to move to a first upper position while the sheet laminate is being pressed with the second clamping device; the first conveyance handler, which is holding a first sheet, to move to a standby position above the stage from the direction opposite to the first clamping device with the stage therebetween; the first conveyance handler to be descended toward the stage to laminate the first sheet on the sheet laminate, which is being pressed by the second clamping device; and the first clamping device to be descended toward the stage to press the periphery of the first sheet, which is protruding from the first conveyance handler, toward the stage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: NEC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hirokazu Oiwa
  • Patent number: 8905109
    Abstract: An apparatus for bonding at least two substrates to each other comprises a plurality of substrate bonding machines arranged adjacent to one another and an input transporter extending adjacent to the plurality of substrate bonding machines which is operative to deliver the substrates to each of the substrate bonding machines. The input transporter is supplied with substrates by an onloading station. An output transporter extending adjacent to the plurality of substrate bonding machines is operative to receive bonded substrates from each of the substrate bonding machines and deliver the bonded substrates to an offloading station for removal from the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: ASM Technology Singapore Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Man Chung Ng, Wai Lik Chan, Kwok Kei Wong
  • Patent number: 8905110
    Abstract: A device and method are disclosed for forming air filled cushions. The device includes a drive mechanism to move inflatable tubing through the apparatus, and an injector, optionally including an outlet, located continuously within, or within a portion of, the tubing. This arrangement can permit the formation of air filled cushions in a continuous stream. Also disclosed is a roll of plastic tubing that is sealed transversely at a succession of intervals, with each pair of seals stopping just short of a longitudinal center line of the tubing. Such tubing might be used in conjunction with the apparatus, the central gap between the seals allowing passage of the injector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Pregis Innovative Packaging, Inc.
    Inventors: John Stuart Greenwood, Neil Glynn Price
  • Publication number: 20140345785
    Abstract: The invention provides a tire bead transfer ring and a transfer method thereof. The tire bead transfer ring and the transfer method adopts a complete magnetic attachment method and a photoelectric detection approach to improve the stability of picking, clamping and transferring of tire beads, prevent tire beads from slippage and deformation and ensure the coaxiality and verticality between tire beads and a tire building drum. The tire bead transfer ring comprises a left semi-ring (1) and a right semi-ring (2) which are capable of separating and attaching in opposite directions, wherein the left semi-ring (1) and the right semi-ring (2) are arranged on a vertical mounting base (3) which is capable of achieving a reciprocating movement by slide guides arranged on the top part of the mounting base. A protruding boss (13) in the shape of a semi-ring is respectively arranged on the left semi-ring (1) and the right semi-ring (2) along the inner diameter thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Zhongxue YUAN
  • Patent number: 8870562
    Abstract: A motif-arraying apparatus for arraying motifs such as a hot fix or the like in mounting grooves formed in a mold plate. The motif-arraying apparatus includes a shaking member for loading motifs in the mounting grooves formed in the mold plate, wherein the shaking member includes a vertical board and a horizontal board coupled to an edge thereof, and a plurality of shaking knives coupled to the bottom surface of the vertical board at a predetermined interval. The apparatus not only enables motifs to be correctly arrayed in the mounting grooves formed in the mold plate in a quick and easy manner, but also enables a motif inserted in a wrong direction to be removed from the mounting groove and correctly arrayed, thereby improving productivity, minimizing defects, and reducing costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Duk Haui Hong
  • Publication number: 20140261980
    Abstract: A system and method of forming a multi-axis laminate including a production surface, a reinforcement material supply, and a resin supply, wherein the reinforcement material supply supplies a first layer of reinforcement material having a first fiber orientation to the production surface and a second layer of reinforcement material having a second fiber orientation on top of the first layer of reinforcement material, and wherein resin from the resin supply impregnates the first and the second layers of reinforcement material to form a laminate having a multi-axis fiber orientation. The reinforcement material supply may be a fiberglass material having a tri-axis fiber orientation that is layered to form a quatro-axis laminate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: MILLPORT ASSOCIATES S.A.
    Inventor: Ulrich Schwartau
  • Patent number: 8827252
    Abstract: The invention concerns a plant for manufacturing parts made of composite material, in particular sections for an aircraft fuselage, having at least a compaction station in which, in operation, there are provided a mandrel coated of composite material to be compacted and a transport mechanism arranged to transport at least one compaction device on said composite material. The transport mechanism is associated with at least one sling having at least one strip of porous material that, in operation, is in direct contact with the compaction device, and the sling is configured to transport the compaction device onto the composite material through application of a vacuum source at least to the strip of porous material. The invention also concerns a method of and an apparatus for manufacturing parts made of composite material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Alenia Aermacchi S.p.A.
    Inventors: Claude Sauvestre, Fabrizio Turris, Claudio Berionni, Giovanni Lanfranco
  • Patent number: 8820380
    Abstract: An apparatus having independently rotating shafts for producing discontinuous and continuous side by side bonding using independently rotating bonding units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Curt G. Joa, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. McCabe, Robert E. Andrews
  • Publication number: 20140233151
    Abstract: An electronic component and method for manufacture thereof is disclosed. A plurality of electrodes are positioned in stacked relation to form an electrode stack. The stack may include as few as two electrodes, but more may be used depending on the number of subcomponents desired. Spacing between adjacent electrodes is determined by removable spacers during fabrication. The resulting space between adjacent electrodes is substantially filled with gaseous matter, which may be an actual gaseous fill, air, or a reduced pressure gas formed through evacuation of the space. Further, adjacent electrodes are bonded together to maintain the spacing. A casing is formed to encapsulate the stack, with first and second conducting surfaces remaining exposed outside the casing. The first conducting surface is electrically coupled to a first of the electrodes, and the second conducting surface is electrically coupled to a second of the electrodes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: YEN TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: WILLIAM S.H. CHEUNG
  • Publication number: 20140209249
    Abstract: A labeling machine, particularly of the reel-fed type, includes a framework (2) which supports an application element (10) provided with at least one rotating member (11) adapted to transfer the individual labels on corresponding containers moved by a conveyance element (50); the application assembly is fed by a driving element (20) which unwinds the ribbon of the labels from a reel which is supported by a rotatable support (31) mounted on at least one reel supporting assembly (30). The labeling machine includes an articulation element (100) in order to move reversibly the reel supporting assembly from a working position, in which the rotation axis (3000) of the rotatable support is substantially parallel to the rotation axis (1000) of the rotating member, to a loading position, in which the rotation axis of the rotatable support is transverse to the rotation axis of the rotating member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: Z-Italia S.R.L.
    Inventors: Giovanni Bevilacqua, Ireneo Orlandi, Ivan Di Pinto, Sofia Paolo Lanfredi, Damiano Fabbri, Gabriele Stocchi, Antonio Peruffo, Andrea Zanardi
  • Patent number: 8770250
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for splicing together old and new thermoformable sheets in order to supply a continuous thermoforming operation. The apparatus is used to join together thermoformable sheets by: providing a first thermoformable sheet with a trailing edge and a second thermoformable sheet with a leading edge; forming a terminal edge portion with a hot element along the trailing edge and a complementary terminal edge portion along the leading edge by severing a scrap sheet from each portion; laterally retracting each scrap portion away from the trailing edge and the leading edge; and joining together the first thermoformable sheet and the second thermoformable sheet by interlocking together the terminal edge portion with the complementary terminal edge portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventors: Jere F. Irwin, Dale L. Vantrease
  • Patent number: 8739851
    Abstract: A device (2) having at least one connecting element (24, 26) for fastening a component (4) to, respectively for detaching it from a component carrier (6) using adhesive bonds; a mechanical peeling device (8) being provided for breaking the adhesive bonds. Also a method for fastening a component (4) to, respectively for detaching it from a component carrier (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: MTU Aero Engines GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Fessler-Knobel, Roland Huttner
  • Patent number: 8702894
    Abstract: The method comprises the steps of arranging a bunch of cloths stacked onto one another; taking a label (4) containing a respective identifying code of the upper cloth (30) of the bunch, laying onto the label one end (23), provided with a cavity, of a gripping element (21) and creating in the cavity a pressure lower than an ambient pressure, so that the label obstructs the cavity; laying the label onto a labelling area (3b) of the upper cloth, and fixing the label to the upper cloth; moving the labelling area (3b) of the upper cloth by shifting the gripping element (21), maintaining in the cavity a pressure lower than an ambient pressure; increasing pressure in the cavity of the gripping element until the label gets off it, so that the labelling area (3b) of the upper cloth (30) reaches a firm position away from the respective labelling area (3b) of a cloth (31) lying directly below the upper cloth, so as to enable a subsequent application of a respective label (4) onto the respective labelling area (3b) of th
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Morgan Tecnica S.p.A.
    Inventor: Fabrizio Giachetti
  • Patent number: 8646508
    Abstract: A label peeling machine is configured to one by one peel adhesive labels of a non-liner label having a number of adhesive labels stuck continuously so as to be overlapped while being shifted by a predetermined width. The non-liner label wound and held on a reel is placed on a carrier belt entrained about a first driven shaft, a second driven shaft, and a third driven shaft and is moved forward or backward. The label peeling machine includes a first sensor for causing the carrier belt to move backward, a second sensor for stopping the carrier belt, a peeling claw for engaging the non-liner label moving upward along the drive belt and peel the adhesive labels one by one, and a control apparatus configured to control a switch, the first sensor and the second sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Towa Seiko Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshikazu Kawada
  • Publication number: 20130341303
    Abstract: A jig includes a wafer including an accommodation groove configured to accommodate a capacitive micromachined ultrasonic transducer (cMUT) when flip chip bonding is performed, and a separation groove formed in a bottom surface of the accommodation groove, the separation groove having a bottom surface that is spaced apart from thin films of the cMUT that face the bottom surface of the separation groove when the cMUT is seated on portions of the bottom surface of the accommodation groove.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventors: Young Il KIM, Bae Hyung KIM, Jong Keun SONG, Seung Heun LEE, Kyung Il CHO, Yong Rae ROH, Won Seok LEE
  • Patent number: 8567469
    Abstract: A laying device (28) that is configured to lay fiber pieces (40, 40?, 40?) has a flexible surface (164) that applies and presses the fiber pieces against a preform surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: EADS Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: Oliver Meyer, Stephan Schoppe
  • Patent number: 8562784
    Abstract: An automatic spacers mounting system is provided which comprises a horizontal arraying device; a vertical arraying device comprising a vertical arraying pallet and a reversing device; a mounting base which fixes the vertical arraying pallet and a panel; a vacuum absorbing device to absorb a plurality of spacers vertically arrayed in the vertical arraying pallet; a guiding and pressing device which guides a plurality of spacers from the vacuum absorbing device to the panel and a pressing plate that presses the plurality of spacers. A first loader allows the vacuum absorbing device to move from the vertical arraying pallet to above the panel, and a second loader allows the guiding and pressing device to move above the panel. A controller controls the vertical arraying device, the vacuum absorbing device, the guiding and pressing device, and the first and second loaders to mount the plurality of spacers on the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyung-do Park, Jin-uk Hong, Kyu-ho Kim
  • Patent number: 8555947
    Abstract: A device and method for applying elastic film sleeves to containers, where a plurality of stretching units for stretching the film sleeves and a plurality of removal units for removing the containers that have been provided with the film sleeves are mounted on a labeling carousel. Furthermore, a label dispenser is provided for equipping the stretching units with the film sleeves. Due to the fact that the removal units include gripping units that can be moved back and forth with respect to the labeling carousel between a gripping position for gripping the containers and an avoidance position for avoiding a collision with the label dispenser, the size and shape of the gripping units can be varied flexibly. Also, an evasion movement of the stretching units in the area of the label dispenser is dispensable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Krones AG
    Inventors: Stefan Scherl, Christian Holzer, Günter Frankenberger
  • Publication number: 20130255886
    Abstract: Assemblies are provided for stabilizing sheets of glass during handling. The assemblies may include rollers of different varieties for stabilization. Crowder rollers may be provided to contact edges of the sheets. One or more of the crowder rollers may have an outer surface having a noncylindrical portion with an increasing diameter in an upward direction relative to the conveyance plane of the sheets. Conveyor rollers may be arranged so as to define a conveyor for conveying the sheets. One or more of the conveyor rollers may be a support roller in substantial registration with a strip applicator for contacting a bottom side of the sheets below the strip applicator during application of a strip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Applicant: PRIMESTAR SOLAR, INC.
    Inventor: Brad J. Hart
  • Publication number: 20130233480
    Abstract: Provided are method and apparatus for transferring graphene. The graphene transferring method includes: a graphene synthesizing operation comprising forming at least one layer of graphene on at least one surface of a catalyst metal film; a substrate film attaching operation comprising contacting an adhesive first surface of the substrate film to the at least one layer of graphene and compressing the catalyst metal film and the substrate film by using a first roller; and a substrate film separating operation comprising separating the substrate film from the catalyst metal film such that the at least one layer of graphene is separated from the catalyst metal film together with the substrate film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Publication date: September 12, 2013
    Applicant: SAMSUNG TECHWIN CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Duk-Hwa Na, Jong-Hyuk Yoon, Young-Il Song, Dong-Kwan Won
  • Patent number: 8528617
    Abstract: A method for forming an undergarment comprises cutting a web to form a pre-form comprising transverse edges and two longitudinal edges, each longitudinal edge having two waist sections and a crotch section located intermediate the waist sections, a sealing area located adjacent and inboard of each waist section, and transferring the pre-form to a processing wheel. The method further comprises gripping the pre-form adjacent each waist section with grippers in four gripping areas, each gripping area located near a respective sealing area, jointly rotating the grippers that hold the gripping areas in the region of one of the transverse edges around at least one hinging axis to place the transverse edge generally parallel and opposite to the second transverse edge, superimposing the sealing areas in a contacting relationship, joining the superimposed sealing areas, thus forming the undergarment, and releasing the undergarment from the grippers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Uwe Schneider, Jeffrey Alan Darner
  • Publication number: 20130213456
    Abstract: A thin film solar module including a first film web, a series of electrically conductive contact pads arranged at intervals on the first film web, where the contact pads each have a first and a second area, and a series of flexible thin film solar cells. The thin film solar cells each include a first side which at least partially forms a first electrically conductive pole, a second side, which at least partially forms a second electrically conductive pole, a photovoltaically active layer composition, and at least one electrical contact located on the layer composition, which contacts the first electrically conductive pole, wherein the electrical conductor extends past a side of the photovoltaically active layered composition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Applicant: Muhlbauer AG
    Inventors: Klaus Schlemper, Dieter Bergmann, Volker Brod
  • Publication number: 20130196100
    Abstract: A three-dimensional structure composed of pliable elements and having affixed seams is provided. The structure may comprise duffel bags, backpacks, shoe uppers, etc. The structure has a bottom panel with a first terminal bottom portion and a first end panel with a terminal end portion. As well, the first terminal bottom portion and the terminal end portion are affixed to each other in a flattened, two-dimensional arrangement by a variety of attachment methodologies including a thermoplastic elastomer strip. Two-dimensional construction saves time and helps to reduce manufacturing costs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Tory M. Cross, Scott C. Holt
  • Publication number: 20130174957
    Abstract: A system and apparatus are provided for adhering steering ribs to an intermediate transfer belt (ITB). These steering ribs (one or more) are applied to the ITB by placing the rib material around a cylindrical fixture. The rib material is held in place by a vacuum that is applied to the rib material to hold it against the fixture. An ITB may be separately held in place on the fixture by another vacuum until the rib material is adhered to the inside surface of the ITB through application of compressed air to force the rib material outward against the ITB. Once the rib material is adhered to the ITB, a series of apertures directs compressed air against the rib and the ITB to release them from the fixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: XEROX CORPORATION
    Inventor: XEROX Corporation
  • Patent number: 8469073
    Abstract: An automatic spacers mounting system includes a horizontal arraying pallet to hold spacers therein in a horizontal direction; a posture changing pallet and a shutter. The posture changing pallet and the shutter are coupled to the horizontal arraying pallet, such that the posture changing pallet faces the horizontal arraying pallet, and are rotated by 180 degrees with the horizontal arraying pallet. An inserting guide having a plurality of guiding holes is positioned above a panel having sprayed glue thereon is placed. The posture changing pallet and the shutter are disposed above the inserting guide, the plurality of spacers are inserted into the plurality of guiding holes, and a plurality of pressing pins of a pressing chuck are inserted in the guiding holes and press the spacers against the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jin-uk Hong, Kyung-do Park, Kyu-ho Kim
  • Publication number: 20130153154
    Abstract: To produce a fibre composite material component, a production system has a mould providing unit with at least one component mould. Fibre composite material can be applied to the at least one component mould by means of at least two production units. The at least two production units can be moved for this purpose on a guide path. The guide path runs round the mould providing unit so that the at least two production units can travel round the mould providing unit along the guide path. The productivity and flexibility of production can thereby be increased.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicants: Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft- und Raumfahrt e. V., MAG IAS, GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Boge, Bernhard Pause, Matthias Meyer, Dirk Rostermundt
  • Publication number: 20130149839
    Abstract: An apparatus for bonding at least two substrates to each other comprises a plurality of substrate bonding machines arranged adjacent to one another and an input transporter extending adjacent to the plurality of substrate bonding machines which is operative to deliver the substrates to each of the substrate bonding machines. The input transporter is supplied with substrates by an onloading station. An output transporter extending adjacent to the plurality of substrate bonding machines is operative to receive bonded substrates from each of the substrate bonding machines and deliver the bonded substrates to an offloading station for removal from the apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: ASM TECHNOLOGY SINGAPORE PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Man Chung NG, Wai Lik CHAN, Kwok Kei WONG
  • Publication number: 20130122610
    Abstract: A die bonding apparatus and a die bonding method are provided, which are capable of simultaneously bonding a plurality of dies from a first placement area onto a substrate disposed on a second placement area. The die bonding apparatus includes a die sucking device which is movably located above the first placement area and a second placement area. The die sucking device includes a plurality of nozzles. The nozzles can suck the dies disposed on the first placement area, and then simultaneously bond the dies onto the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: WALSIN LIHWA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jun-Wei Chung, Wei-Cheng Lou, Jung-Kun Wu, Chung-I Chiang
  • Publication number: 20130067824
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for fabricating a cutter. The method includes obtaining a compact including a cutting surface, a bonding interface, and a sidewall extending from the perimeter of the cutting surface to the perimeter of the bonding interface. The method includes obtaining a substrate including a bonding surface, a mounting surface, and a substrate sidewall extending from the perimeter of the bonding surface to the perimeter of the mounting surface. At least a portion of the bonding interface is positioned adjacent at least a portion of the bonding surface. At least one of the substrate and the compact is rotated to produce a rotational differential therebetween. The temperature is increased on at least the bonding surface to a first temperature. The compact is coupled to the substrate to form the cutter. The apparatus includes a first holder coupled to the compact and a second holder coupled to the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: Varel International Ind., L.P.
    Inventor: Varel International Ind., L.P.
  • Patent number: 8381382
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide methods and equipment for automatically assembling three panes of glass and corresponding spacers so that air or other gas can be injected into the two between-pane spaces. The equipment can receive two glass panes that each have spacers coupled to one of their major surfaces, along with a third glass pane having no spacer coupled to its major surfaces, and can assemble the three glass panes into a “teepee” configuration in which the two spacers each contact two of the glass panes along a common edge of the glass panes. Preferred equipment can receive a glass pane in a first orientation and rotate the glass pane 180° to a second orientation in which the glass pane's two major surfaces face opposite directions from the first orientation. Such preferred equipment can then receive a two-pane teepee from a previous piece of equipment and can add the “flipped” single glass pane to the teepee to create a three-pane teepee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Cardinal IG Company
    Inventors: William R. Wunnicke, Robert E. Walsh, Martin Westley
  • Publication number: 20130037220
    Abstract: In a method of and apparatus for bonding wafers, the method includes heating a first wafer having a first coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) until the first wafer reaches a first temperature, heating a second wafer having a second CTE that is different from the first CTE until the second wafer reaches a second temperature that is different from the second temperature, and bonding the first wafer and the second wafer to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
  • Publication number: 20130032294
    Abstract: There is described a unit for applying glue on a plurality of labels to be cold-glued on respective containers and for conveying labels applied with glue, comprising: a roll covered of glue and operable to rotate about a first axis; a first carousel operable to rotate about a second axis and which comprises, in turn, a plurality of paddles adapted to cooperate with roll to be covered with glue and to take a relative label from a storage; a second carousel operable to rotate about a third axis and which comprises, in turn, a plurality of hooks adapted to receive respective labels covered with glue from respective paddles and to move respective labels with glue applied thereon along a first path; at least a first belt operatively connected to first carousel and to one between roll and second carousel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Applicant: SIDEL S.p.A. con Socio Unico
    Inventor: Mattia Giuliani
  • Patent number: 8365788
    Abstract: A printer system includes a print and apply device that receives a single data stream containing label printing/encoding data and positioning data. The print and apply device transmits label data to a printer/encoder portion of the system and positioning data to motors that move the system. Once the printer portion and the applicator portion have indicated they are ready, a signal is sent to apply the label. The label can be applied anywhere in the X, Y, and/or Z directions on a package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Van Loi Le
  • Publication number: 20130025777
    Abstract: Provided is a method of reusably separating two adhered plates, including step 1 for firmly adhering two plates adhered to each other via a pressure-sensitive adhesive sheet or a curable resin layer to a first jig and a second jig, respectively, step 2 for detaching the two plates by moving at least one of the first jig and the second jig to produce a shear stress causing breakage of the pressure-sensitive adhesive sheet or the curable resin layer, and step 3 for removing the two plates after detachment from the jigs, wherein, in the aforementioned step 1, one or both of the plates is(are) firmly adhered to the jig(s) via a silicone pressure-sensitive adhesive sheet or porous pressure-sensitive is adhesive sheet. Using the method, two plates adhered to each other via a pressure-sensitive adhesive sheet or a curable resin layer can be stably and reusably detached by certainly fixing them by using jig fixtures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: NITTO DENKO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masato FUJITA, Akira HIRAO